OHIO — The Ohio High School Board met in regular session on Oct. 21 and conducted the following business:
• Approved the agenda as presented, the minutes of the Sept. 30 regular meeting and budget hearing as presented, September treasurer’s report and bills and payroll.
• After discussion with the board members, the board agreed with the grade school board to wait until January to complete board training.
• Superintendent Sharon Sweger explained every five years, the school must do a waiver for driver’s education because they offer the class in the summertime. The school has done this for several years. It is very cost effective for the district and also frees up a period for the students during the school year to take a college class if needed. The board will be having a hearing at 6:30 p.m. with the regular meeting immediately following. Sweger also had a couple parents approach her concerning children’s birth dates and the timing of the school’s driver’s education class. If the school board moved it during the school year, then it would affect other students’ birth dates. Either way will be a no-win situation. If the school moved it to second semester, it would be more costly as far as teacher salary, insurance, gas and rental of the car. One parent has offered to pay for this if the school changes. However, if down the line the school has a situation like this again and it’s a student who can’t afford it, the cost comes back on the district. The board decided to not change their summer driver’s education class. It has worked for years. They suggested this student take the classroom instruction at Ohio and then the behind-the-wheel instruction at an outside source, so when the student is 15, they will be on track to get their license.
• Approved the submission of the 2014 school library per capita grant application.
• Reviewed and accepted the Fiscal Year 2013 audit.
• Sweger feels the committee for one-on-one computing needs to meet again before any action can be taken.
• Principal Jason Wilt has written a School Improvement Plan to be submitted to the state after approval by the board. Since Wilt was not in attendance due to a conference, Sweger reviewed the plan he has written. The board approved the plan.
• In Sweger’s report, she announced the current enrollment is 35 students. Sweger is getting a price for replacing the caps on top of the building. The roofer recently visited the school and said water could be penetrating the building through the deteriorated caps. Sweger is pursuing two state grants. Sweger has contacted the school’s architect to see about including the remaining windows on life safety to assist with this grant. The energy grant is up to $250,000. Also, scoreboards should be arriving soon. Sweger ordered new mats, which go below the baskets on each end of the gym. The schools’ current mats are in bad shape. Sweger was able to get the scoreboard cost down enough to pay for the mats. Also, the seniors have addressed Sweger with new trip revision. The sponsors going are Adam Spencer and Jordan Olson. There are only three students who have decided to go, so they are going to fly. On Wednesday, they will go to Chicago; Thursday, fly out to Washington, D.C.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, do a lot of sightseeing; Saturday, attend a Bulls’ game; Sunday, fly back to Chicago, where they will visit Navy Pier and then attend a Blackhawks game. They will arrive home late. Sweger approved this with the firm understanding they will all be present at school Monday morning,
• In Wilt’s report to the board he said the girls’ volleyball season has gone well. All teams are progressing nicely. Varsity won all but one conference game. They recently placed fourth in the Little Ten Conference Tournament. Also, the school is still waiting on AYP results to be released. Sweger thinks it will be the end of October or first of November. The Response to Intervention (RTI) is going well. The school had RTI in the past, but this year they are taking it one step further where students are receiving additional instruction time outside the classroom. The RTI program has the whole school involved. They have several teachers as RTI instructors. Olson and Barbara Mead have been instrumental in helping Wilt with scheduling, answering questions about interventions and much more. The school also participated in the 2013 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut at 10:17 a.m. Oct 17. The school was among 2.4 million people in Central U.S. and 18 million worldwide who participated in the drill.
• The board approved the closed session minutes from the Sept. 30 meeting.
The next board meeting will be held on Nov. 25 with the driver’s education waiver starting at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting following in the school library.